New gecko species discovery in Cambodia


This October 2019 video says about itself:

Lizards of Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo. A complete list of all the species featured as well as their respective time stamps are as below: 0:04 Ornate Earless Agama (Aphaniotis fusca) 0:07 Great Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus grandis) 0:13 Frilled Gecko (Hemidactylus craspedotus)’s trophobiosis with Pyrops oculatus. 0:19 Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) 0:25 Beautiful Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus elok) 0:34 Peters’ Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus consobrinus) 0:37 Borneo Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus malayanus) 0:44 Marbled Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus quadrivirgatus) 0:46 Bell’s Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus bellii) 0:52 Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) 0:55 Viserion’s False Garden Lizard (Pseudocalotes viserion) 1:01 South Titiwangsa Bent-toed Gecko (Cytodactylus australotitiwangsaensis) 1:07 Brown’s Fringe Gecko (Luperosaurus browni) 1:13 Robinson’s Forest Dragon (Malayodracon robinsonii) 1:19 Kuhl’s Flying Gecko (Ptychozoon kuhli) 1:28 Sabah Flying Gecko (Ptychozoon rhacophorus) 1:34 Kinabalu Crested Dragon (Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis) 1:40 Smith’s Gecko (Gekko smithii) 1:47 Cat Gecko (Aeluroscalabotes felinus) 1:55 Blue-eyed Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus liogaster) 2:01 Peninsular Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis peninsularis) 2:04 Five-banded Flying Lizard (Draco quinquefasciatus) 2:10 Titiwangsa Horned Tree Lizard (Acanthosaura titiwangsaensis) 2:16 Doria’s Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus doriae)

From the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in the USA:

Scientists discover bent-toed gecko species in Cambodia

April 13, 2020

A new species of bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis) has been described from Cambodia’s Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary by Wild Earth Allies Biologist Thy Neang in collaboration with North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Herpetologist Bryan Stuart. This new species is described in ZooKeys.

The species was discovered by Thy Neang during Wild Earth Allies field surveys in June-July 2019 on an isolated mountain named Phnom Chi in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary when he encountered an unusual species of bent-toed gecko. “It was an extremely unexpected discovery. No one thought there were undescribed species in Prey Lang,” said Neang.

The geckos were found to belong to the C. irregularis species complex that includes at least 19 species distributed in south¬ern and central Vietnam, eastern Cambodia, and southern Laos. This is the first member of the complex to be found west of the Mekong River, demonstrating how biogeographic barriers can lead to speciation. Additionally, the geckos were unique in morphological characters and mitochondrial DNA, and distinct from C. ziegleri to which they are most closely related. Researchers have named the species Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis after Phnom Chi mountain where it was found.

Bent-toed geckos of the genus Cyrtodactylus are one of the most species-diverse genera of gekkonid lizards, with 292 recognized species. Much of the diversity within Cyrtodactylus has been described only during the past decade and from mainland Southeast Asia, and many of these newly recognized species are thought to have extremely narrow geographic ranges. As such, Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis is likely endemic to Phnom Chi, which consists of an isolated small mountain of rocky outcrops (peak of 652 m elevation) and a few associated smaller hills, altogether encompassing an area of approximately 4,464 hectares in Kampong Thom and Kratie Provinces within the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia.

The forest habitat in Phnom Chi remains in relatively good condition, but small-scale illegal gold extraction around its base threatens the newly discovered species. A second species of lizard, the scincid Sphenomorphus preylangensis, was also recently described from Phnom Chi by a team of researchers including Neang. These new discoveries underscore the importance of Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary for biodiversity conservation and the critical need to strengthen its management.

Further, an assessment of C. phnomchiensis is urgently warranted by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN 2020) because of its small area of occupancy, status as relatively uncommon, and ongoing threats to its habitat.

“This exciting discovery adds another reptile species to science for Cambodia and the world. It also highlights the global importance of Cambodia’s biodiversity and illustrates the need for future exploration and biological research in Prey Lang,” said Neang.

“When [Neang] first returned from fieldwork and told me that he had found a species in the C. irregularis group so far west of the Mekong River in Cambodia, I did not believe it. His discovery underscores how much unknown biodiversity remains out there in unexpected places. Clearly, Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary is important for biodiversity and deserves attention,” said Neang’s co-author Stuart of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, 15 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs; and asking them seven questions.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2020?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Bluehues musings

2. The Dreamer

3. Vincent Ehindero

4. The power of thoughts

5. MRS. T’S CORNER

6. Some Beach

7. Ke1tribe

8. dead city chronicles

9. Daphsam Photography & Art

10. Wilfredo Santa Gomez MD

11. amazing workers

12. ProSportBlogs

13. Stine Writing

14. Best of the Midwest – Hiking, nature and photography

15. WORDSNOW HEART

Frogs in Uganda, video


This 13 April 2020 video says about itself:

Researcher in Uganda hopes to rediscover a frog that’s only been spotted twice.

A field survey by herpetologists has failed to find any signs of the Mt. Elgon torrent frog in its native Uganda, raising concerns about the degradation of wetland habitats. There are 80 to 100 amphibian species in Uganda, but their habitats are being drained to create farmland and livestock pasture, or to build residential areas and industrial parks.

Read more here.

Detroit, USA water shutoffs during coronavirus pandemic


This 13 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Wash Your Hands? Despite Pandemic, Thousands Still Have No Water in Detroit, a Coronavirus Hot Spot

Water shutoffs continue amid the coronavirus pandemic in Detroit, despite a moratorium and a program to help thousands of residents restore service last month. The lack of water access comes as nearly 1,500 people in Michigan have died from COVID-19, and 40% of those who have died are African-American, despite making up just 14% of the state’s population. We speak with community pastor and activist Rev. Roslyn Bouier, who has been working with residents to restore their water.

Chomsky, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on US coronavirus crisis


This 13 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Explains Inequality in Coronavirus Pandemic | NowThis

AOC explains how COVID-19 has made structural inequality impossible to ignore.

In US news and current events today, Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez discussed with Ady Barkan how global pandemics and the current COVID-19 virus is highlighting all of the inequalities that the poor communities and vulnerable are subjected to. Here’s why AOC is fighting for radical change against systematic racism and inequality amongst the working class.

This 13 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky On COVID-19 And His New Book: Internationalism Or Extinction

Noam Chomsky analyzes the coronavirus pandemic in the context of neoliberal capitalism’s failures, climate change, potential nuclear disaster, and Donald Trump’s authoritarianism.

Coronavirus news from the USA


This 13 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump‘s Not A Doctor, But He Plays One On TV | NowThis

‘I’m not a doctor, but—’ Trump keeps giving his medical opinion to the American people and the consequences could be deadly.

In US news and current events today, Trump has repeated that he’s ‘not a doctor’ — so why does he keep giving his advice to Americans?

INSIDE TRUMP’S BOTCHED RESPONSE By the time President Donald Trump first spoke publicly about the coronavirus, it may already have been too late. At Davos in Swiss Alps on Jan. 22, he said: “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” In the 11 weeks since that interview, the coronavirus has infected more than 500,000 Americans and killed at least 20,000. Life-saving medical equipment was not stockpiled. Travel largely continued unabated. Vital public health data from China was deemed untrustworthy. A White House riven by rivalries and turnover was slow to act. Urgent warnings were ignored by a president consumed by his impeachment and reelection. [AP]

FAUCI: EARLIER MITIGATION EFFORTS COULD HAVE SAVED LIVES Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that imposing social distancing measures earlier to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as he reportedly recommended to the White House in February, “could have saved lives.” Trump signaled he’s had enough of Fauci’s truth, retweeting a “fire Fauci” message. [HuffPost]

REPUBLICAN GOV. DISPUTES TRUMP CLAIM Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) again contradicted Trump’s rosy reviews of the federal government’s ability to provide states with the vital medical equipment needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Hogan, chair of the National Governors Association, said on ABC’s “This Week” that governors still have “tremendous needs,” and that it was inaccurate to suggest otherwise. [HuffPost]

NURSING HOME CORONAVIRUS DEATHS SOAR PAST 3,300 More than 3,300 deaths nationwide have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, an alarming rise in just the past two weeks. Because the federal government has not been releasing a count of its own, the Associated Press has kept its own running tally based on media reports and state health departments. The latest count of at least 3,321 deaths is up from about 450 deaths just 10 days ago. [AP]

The last 16 days of Robert Beaupre’s life.

How a premier U.S. drug company [Biogen] became a virus “super spreader.”

INDICATORS SUGGEST RISE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE KILLINGS As the U.S. tracks the mounting death toll of the coronavirus pandemic, there is another list of casualties that is steadily rising, mostly hidden from view: victims of domestic violence. For weeks, experts have warned that domestic violence would increase during the outbreak, as victims are forced to shelter with abusers and crucial support services are out of reach. Now, there are some preliminary warning signs that lethal domestic abuse is already on the rise. [HuffPost]

JUDGE: ALABAMA CAN’T BAN ABORTIONS AS PART OF COVID-19 RESPONSE A federal judge ruled that Alabama cannot ban abortions as part of the state’s response to coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction sought by clinics to prevent the state from forbidding abortions as part of a ban on elective medical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thompson said abortion providers can decide whether a procedure can wait. [AP]